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Partnership Payoff

Thanks to a partnership with SemGroup Corporation the Food Bank provided 100 complete holiday meals at Rosa Parks Elementary. Kim Knave at SemGroup received a card referencing the smoked meats program, and decided to make a connection with the Food Bank. SemGroup purchased the meals from our Culinary Center and their employees provided coats and games for the kids. Eric worked as a financial administrator in the oil and gas industry. “In normal circumstances I didn’t have to worry about…

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School Family Dinners Encourage Success

In December the Food Bank’s partnership with All Souls, Partners in Education and Tulsa Public Schools continued with a holiday theme school family dinner. School Family dinners are designed to help engage families with their school community in a positive, affirming manner in order to better support their child’s education. Families are treated to dinner and an extra bag of groceries along with fresh produce provided at the end of the night. During such dinners the school can communicate important…

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Get to know Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Get to know Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma By Michael Smith Tulsa World Read this article on the Tulsa World Website.  The numbers are staggering: 1 in 6 Oklahomans (more than 650,000) don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 1 in 4 state children will go to bed tonight without having eaten a proper meal. These numbers are what drive the mission of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in…

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Review: T-Town Tacos is tasty new program from Youth Services

Click here to read this story on via the Tulsa World It can be as fulfilling and enjoyable to run across a good cause as it is to run across good food. With T-Town Tacos, you get both. T-Town Tacos features taco carts — food carriers attached to bicycles — that offer breakfast tacos at specific locations every weekday morning. The food is prepared by and the carts operated by participants in Youth Services of Tulsa, an organization that has…

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For 35 Years, People Make the Difference

  Bill Major volunteered at Neighbor for Neighbor while he was in high school. During that time its director, Dan Allen mentored him. Later, Bill joined a Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry taskforce on hunger. The taskforce identified that food banking was a crucial element to help feed the hungry, and Dan ultimately hired Bill to run the emerging food bank. Under Bill’s leadership from 1981-1990, the various food pantries and services were pulled together into a single efficient network, there were…

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Food Bank Board Member’s Fight Against Hunger and For Hope

Donna Jackson is an active member of the Food Bank Board of Directors and committed to making significant improvements to Tulsa through her volunteer efforts and community initiatives. In addition, to her commitment to the Food Bank and running her own income tax and real estate businesses, Donna also founded NorthTulsa100. NorthTulsa100 was established in order to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Fall of Black Wall Street (Tulsa Race Riot of 1921). The non-profit is committed to attracting 100…

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A Discussion with Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Click here to listen to this interview on Public Radio Tulsa.  On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are pleased to welcome Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The Food Bank, as it’s commonly known, is the largest private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. It’s been around since 1981. As noted at this nonprofit’s website: “Our vision is food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans…. With locations in Tulsa and McAlester, we provide food…

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Feeding kids with food trucks

June 1, 2016 by Eileen Bradshaw Click here to read this story via Feeding America  The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma operates two food trucks throughout the year, providing fresh healthy meals to its neighbors facing hunger. In the summer months, children become the priority, and the food bank sends its trucks to low-income communities that have a large population of young children. In Tulsa, the largest city in the food bank’s service area, there is a two-week gap between the…

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Food Bank Receives Partner of the Year Award

Partners in Education, an organization with the goal of connecting schools with businesses and organizations to increase the quality of education, awarded the Food Bank the prestigious Partner of the Year Award. The Food Bank is the first partner to be nominated by two schools, Memorial High School and Penn Elementary.   In her nomination of the Food Bank, Memorial Special Education teacher, Karen Martin, highlighted the Food Bank’s efforts in teaching students about food, nutrition, and preparation as well…

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Carol Friesen

The Backpack Program is one of the most popular services of the Food Bank both in terms of volunteers and for generous donations. Looking ahead, Food for Kids distributions will become even more critical as many school districts contemplate the idea of a four-day school week which will greatly impact students on free and reduced lunch. Carol and Duane Friesen helped propel the Backpack Program in the early days. Carol Friesen was an early advocate, supporter and leader of the Backpack…

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